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Calling the Shots - a new approach to audio description


Panel Discussion


Researchers at City University London are trialling a new style of audio description for blind and partially sighted people. "Cinematic audio description" aims to convey the full cinematic experience, giving access to the camera shots and editing techniques that are such an important part of the language of film.

The LCACE-funded 'Calling the Shots' project involved writing and recording this new kind of audio description for David Lean’s Brief Encounter. A pilot screening in November 2009 produced a surprisingly positive response. The findings suggest blind and partially-sighted film lovers might not be fully served by the current, narrative style of audio description. This small study underlines the need for more research – not only across a larger sample but also across different film genres.

An expert panel will discuss the project and disseminate findings from the November screening. The panel discussion will start at 18.45 (registration from 18.15) and panellists include:

  • Tim Suter, Broadcasting policy expert former Managing Editor, Current Affairs, at the BBC and Partner at Ofcom (Chair)
  • Louise Fryer, Project Researcher
  • Joan Greening, RNIB
  • Dr Sabine Braun, University of Surrey
  • Juliet McKeon, Screenwriter and Director
  • Ian Rattray

You also have an opportunity to view a screening of David Lean’s Brief Encounter with the new kind of Audio Description. The film starts at 16.45 (registration from 16.15) and lasts for 80 minutes.

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12.00am - 12.00amWednesday 19th May 2010